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Joan Caleodis, of Martin's Ferry, Ohio, celebrates after making one of the first patient purchases of Ohio's Medical Marijuana program at Cresco Labs CY+ dispensary in Wintersville, Ohio, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.
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Nearly 75,000 Ohioans have registered with the state to receive medical marijuana. Of those, just over 51,000 have actually purchased the product.

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Inside his Linden-area home, I ask Bob Bridges if he thinks he was removed from Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee for being vocal about his beliefs.

The first of several medical marijuana dispensaries is about a month away from opening for business in Springfield. Pure Ohio Wellness LLC would be the first to open in Southwest Ohio. 

A few other dispensaries are already operating in other parts of the state. Some Dayton addiction centers say they have concerns as the dispensaries begin operations.

The number of opioid prescriptions in Ohio has declined 36 percent from 2012 to 2018, according to a new report from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. The decline follows regulations put in place at the state level over the last few years.

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The University of Cincinnati researcher who co-authored the first North American study of medication errors is calling on Ohio and other states to require the reporting of mistakes in community pharmacies. Hospitals already have to document such errors.

Ohio Distributes First 1,000 Medical Marijuana Cards

Dec 11, 2018
Carmen Fultz, an employee of Buckeye Relief LLC, sorts the male and female marijuana plants inside a Veg Room, in Eastlake, Ohio.
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State officials say doctors have submitted nearly 2,000 recommendations in the medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry for Ohio.

Ohio’s medical marijuana program has seen court challenges by rejected applicants, inspections issues, and other problems. And now there’s yet another delay in the program, which was supposed to be up and running in less than two months.

Ohio has licensed 56 locations that can sell medical marijuana once it becomes legal this fall, including five in Franklin County.

Ohio’s medical marijuana problem has hit another snag.